Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009) Movie Review

Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009)

2009 | PG-13 | Thriller, Action, Fantasy, Adventure
109 minutes /

User Score: 77/100

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Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant Review

Synopsis:

Teenager, Darren Shan, meets a mysterious man at a freak show who turns out to be a Vampire. After a series of events Darren must leave his normal life and go on the road with the Cirque Du Freak and become a Vampire.

I will preface my review of this movie by saying that I much prefer Blade, From Dusk til Dawn, and Underworld type vampire flicks that all have tons of action, violence, and gore in them. Whenever you get into the PG-13 world, you are going to get a much more friendly and watered down film with a less brutal movie. Reality and financing dictate that the movie studios have to appeal to a broader audience when possible to make enough money to allow the films I mentioned previously.

I am not familiar with the book that this movie is based upon. That being said this was a fun ‘teen-oriented’ vampire movie with no significant violence or gore. This film is a PG-13 (unfortunately) flick; you know it’s going to be in the vanilla spectrum so don’t expect Blade or Underworld. The CGI animation and coloring of John C. Reilly‘s pet spider were amazing, but then again any quality CGI animation done nowadays should be and usually is amazing. The makeup effects, set design, and costumes were well done and gave the movie an interesting modern Gothic appearance and feel.

The characters were interesting, and I found myself pretty involved in the story. Comparing this film to the wildly successful Twilight films, the two out so far, Cirque is much more interesting. There are no sad or perfect looking Twilight characters, and Cirque was just more interesting than both Twilight 1 and 2. I love John C. Reilly and vampire movies, so this was my primary motivation for seeing this in the theater. Reilly’s character was not in his usual comedic or musical roles, so it was good to see him do something completely different. Willem Defoe has a smaller role in this film and plays a very interesting vampire character as well.

All in all this movie is worth seeing, and if you are a genre fan, it is probably worth owning.


About Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant 2009

Title: Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
Original Title: Cirque du Freak
AKA: Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
Year: 2009
Runtime: 109 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Action, Fantasy, Adventure
Reviewer:
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 3.8/5 stars from 13 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 13
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Tom Woodruff Jr., Elton LeBlanc, Cynthia LeBlanc, Frankie Faison, Don McManus, Willem Dafoe, Jay Oliver, Emily D. Haley, Ritchie Montgomery, Ron Fagan, Logan Douglas Smith, Ken Watanabe, Josh Hutcherson, Ray Stevenson, Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Chris Massoglia, Sam Medina, Shawn Knowles, Trey Burvant, Blake Nelson Boyd, Patrick Breen, Troy Brenna, Colleen Camp, Lyssa Prine, Michael Cerveris, Terry Lee Smith, Ann McKenzie, Daniel Vincent, Joshua Davis
Writers: Paul Weitz, Brian Helgeland, Darren Shan
Director: Paul Weitz

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